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      The Girl From Monday

      R Released Jan 26, 2005 1 hr. 24 min. Comedy Drama Sci-Fi List
      41% 22 Reviews Tomatometer 33% 500+ Ratings Audience Score A corporate executive (Bill Sage) meets a gorgeous extraterrestrial (Tatiana Abracos) in a future where officials monitor human activity. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member It seems like director Hal Hartley tried to combine the works of Philip K. Dick with that of David Foster Wallace for this film, and the results turned out to be a lot less interesting than one would expect. Although constantly trying to come off as intelligent and cerebral, the film is held back by it's myriad of sci-fi cliches, that would have worked better if the film adopted a sense of satire. Also, the convoluted storyline (which is still sluggish at less than 90 minutes) makes it impossible for viewers to realize (or care) what the hell is going on! Some interesting filmmaking and attempted social commentary aside, The Girl From Monday is is strictly for Harley completionists only. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Hartley's ugly-looking, poorly shot, clunky attempt to do a thinking man's sci-fi movie. Occasionally an interesting idea emerges, only to be swallowed by some worthless narration. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Boring, pretentious, underacted, and lowly funded, this sci-fi failure is a spectacle of too many ideas without proper execution. By starting with an awful editing conceit, most of the audience is likely to think that either their DVD is skipping or the film's editor was drunk - and sleeping - on the job. So, there's a bunch of cheesy government pions chasing down people who don't conform to the current social standards of generating currency, and a girl from another planet who... I don't even know, because the film is so achingly boring I couldn't even finish it. And there's nothing like a good voice-over to remind you that there was supposed to a plot for you to follow. Do yourself a service and avoid this sophomoric entry at all costs. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyable dystopian pastiche (or was it?) clearly filmed on a very low budget which added to the appeal. Just about every scene seemed to be in close-up which added to the obligatory sense of claustrophobia and oppression. I'm not sure I entirely followed the storyline but never mind, it doesn't go on for too long. Some funny little moments along the way and I absolutely loved Edie Falco's cameo as the very severe judge who sentences Cecile to "2 years hard labour... teaching high school" - brilliant! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Hal Hartley's "science fiction" film about the near future where the American government has been overthrown by a corporation which has taken control called the MMM (Multi-Media Monopoly). Every citizen is barcoded as a way to monitor and exploit each and every consumer practice. The film is very original and has some great satirical bits about consumerism but its definitely a lesser Hal Hartley film for me. It almost felt like a film that really didn't know what it wanted to be; particularly after the Girl Monday shows up. Interesting concepts but misses the mark. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I love some of Hal Hartley's earlier work, but this movie is a complete disaster. DVD extras and behind-the-scenes footage are worth watching if you're a Hartley fan, the movie itself is not. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Heather Havrilesky Salon.com A mess of a movie plagued by leaden performances and a rambling plot. Jul 16, 2019 Full Review Wesley Morris Boston Globe The charm, verve, and clearly articulated vision a filmmaker would need to put this over are nowhere in evidence, though Hartley's sentimentality and wan cynicism are on grating display. Rated: 2/4 Jun 3, 2005 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader A poetic satire and genre parody. Rated: 3/4 May 14, 2005 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A deadpan funny, off-beat futuristic sci-fi thriller that satirizes a corporatized culture that seems all too contemporary. Rated: A- Apr 19, 2007 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 1/5 Dec 6, 2005 Full Review James Verniere Boston Herald Rated: 2/4 Jul 16, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A corporate executive (Bill Sage) meets a gorgeous extraterrestrial (Tatiana Abracos) in a future where officials monitor human activity.
      Director
      Hal Hartley
      Screenwriter
      Hal Hartley, Steve Hamilton
      Production Co
      Possible Films
      Rating
      R (Brief Sexuality|Some Nudity|Language)
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 26, 2005, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 17, 2020